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Dream Roadster

I’ve always craved an English roadster since I was little. My dad restored his 1963 MGB multiple times, and his stories seem like a parallel with the modifications and maintenance I’m doing with my vintage cars.

The best of both worlds would literally be a Datsun Roadster 2000, inspired by English roadsters and with the Japanese technology and quality holding it together. Although I prefer the original U20 engine with dual SU carbs, I can’t deny having that SR20 swap would put a fat grin on my face everyday.

- Jon Tong

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The Koenigsegg Agera is Beautifully Engineered

The Koenigsegg Agera is a mid-engined sports car made by Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg as of 2011. It is a successor to the Koenigsegg CCX/CCXR. The name Agera comes from the Swedish verb ‘agera’ which means “to act” or "to take action”.

It was named Hypercar of the Year in 2010 by Top Gear Magazine.

Engine and Transmission

The Agera is powered by an in-house developed 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 940 hp (701 kW) at 6900 rpm and 1,100 N·m (810 lb·ft) of torque at 4000 rpm. Total weight of the engine is only 197 kg (434 lb) thanks to a carbon fiber intake manifold and the aluminum construction. The transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch with paddle shifters. It is the first dual clutch transmission to feature only one input shaft. The second clutch slows down the input shaft during up shifts in order to reduce the time it takes to synchronize the next gear, resulting in faster shift times. Most notably, the transmission weighs only 81 kg (179 lb).

Maximum speed for the production model is unknown, but is believed to be above 410 km/h.

Exterior and interior

The Agera has a body made from pre-impregnated carbon fiber/kevlar with lightweight reinforcements. The car’s hardtop roof is stowable under the front hood lid. The chassis is also made out of carbon fiber with an aluminum honeycomb that comes with integrated fuel tanks for optimal weight distribution and safety. The rear wing is electronically adjustable with auto setting or manual control in order to have as little compromise as possible between low drag and down force, depending on situation and mood. The Agera comes with forged aluminum wheels with center locking, measuring 19" on the front and 20" on the back and wrapped in a set of Michelin Super Sport tires that can be used with speeds of up to 260 mph (420 km/h). Other highlights include the trademark Koenigsegg doors, a new traction control system, LED lighting, blue hood stripes that continue on through the cockpit of the car and a custom interior with a new “Ghost light” lighting system, which uses carbon nanotubes in a unique configuration to shine through the car’s aluminum buttons.

Koenigsegg Agera R

The Agera R is in essence a special edition Agera which runs on biofuel rather than petrol. It can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.9 seconds and reach a theoretical top speed of 402km/h (249 mph). The Agera R is one of the world’s most expensive cars, with a price tag of $1.6-$1.7 million.

The wing on the Agera R differs from the other supercars in that it is not electronically controlled, but instead uses the pressure of the wind created at high speeds to force the wing downward and reduce wind resistance. The system is not only lighter than conventional hydraulics, but also smarter since it is able to compensate for headwind or tailwinds instantly. The design is thought out so well that even the pylons holding the wing up are useful. They are shaped in a way that helps to extract air from the engine bay towards the rear of the car.

On 2 September during test sessions in Ängelholm the Agera R broke six world land speed records for a production car, including 0–300 km/h (0–186.4 mph) in 14.53 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 14.6 seconds set by the Bugatti Veyron. The record is now held by the Hennessey Venom GT, which did 0-186 mph in 13.63 seconds on April 6, 2013. The Agera R can produce lateral cornering forces of 1.6 g, thanks to grip from the Michelin Super Sports and a special setup focused on cornering speed.

The 2013 version of Agera R premiered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It has upgraded carbon fiber wheels, enhanced aerodynamics and upgraded engine producing 1140 hp when running on E85 biofuel, 960 hp running on low octane gas.

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Ford Sheds Light on First Mass-produced Carbon Fiber Wheels

For the all-new Shelby GT350R, the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever, Ford dreamed of using the ultimate high-performance material for its unique wheels – carbon fiber. With a little help from Space Shuttle technology, Ford helped reinvent the wheel.

But while the automotive aftermarket and a low-volume supercar manufacturers have offered carbon fiber wheels, Ford and Australian supplier Carbon Revolution took on the challenge of crafting the first mass-produced, track-capable carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment for Shelby GT350R.

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Here’s what being a massively successful programmer nets you: a one-off Koenigsegg Agera HH. Built for David Heinemeir Henson and based on the Agera S, it features hollow carbon-fiber wheels, upgraded engine, and improved aerodynamics. There’s just a couple Koenigseggs in the entire U.S., making this a pretty special car to be able to check out in person

It says 8/6/2015 at 1:59 AM on my laptop, so I guess I can now post this.

Be advised: THIS IS GOING TO GET REAL NERDY REAL FUCKIN’ QUICK. Skip past the first paragraph if you don’t want a brief history lesson on a Japanese metal box with wheels you wouldn’t exactly care about. The second paragraph explains the styling cues I used, hopefully that bit will be easier to stomach for everyone else.

I drew up originally for 86 Day and ended up doubling as Vent Art (I was reasonably angry at the time I was drawing this, channeled all me energy onto this car). Anyways, we pretty much know that what an artist will draw correlates to certain days/events/seasons and all that jazz I sort of do the same with my car art. Mind you, I’ve missed several opportunities to draw cars for certain events; there was a stillborn, Midnight Purple, Nissan Stagea I planned to finish on the first day of TX2K15, I also missed GATEBIL Rudskogen last month, at least I finished this on just in time for 86 Day. Around the globe August 6th has become the de facto worldwide holy day for honoring the Toyota Corolla AE86–or affectionately called “Hachi-Roku”, essentially what was once a rather mundane economy car now turned darling of the car community made famous by a certain manga and anime *cough*Initial D*cough*. No mistake though, the AE86 was popular for racing; Toyota fielded several “N2″ AE86s in circuit racing, and some were used for rallying. As of now–and was in the 90′s, these cars are real popular in drifting circles.

For inspiration and overall theme, I went with a Track Car/Canyon Carver setup, as much as I could have given it the appearance of a drift car, that would have been too predictable; for styling cues, the paint and general appearance is a nod to the AE86 featured in Initial D, with it’s white/black two-tone paint, black wheels, carbon fiber hood and headlight cluster. The body work is the same (or at least identical to) the ones used by Toyota’s N2 AE86 Corollas, utilizing widened fenders; with exposed bolts to emphasize it’s intentions as a racecar.